Miho Izakaya [CLOSED]
4057 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
| +1 503-719-6152
Jumpin' Japanese JointAn izakaya is a Japanese bar or tavern serving traditional small plates, but not sushi or sashimi. Miho lives up to this tradition with a broad selection of food groups and flavors to satisfy any palate. The menu is seasonal and delicious—two reasons keeping diners on a return-trip rotation.
The food is simple yet sophisticated. Miho organizes the dishes from low to high price with the more exotic fare at the high end. It's easy to drop in and start with a wave of cheap starters (they're all starters) like the edamame, garlic green beans, and caramelized cauliflower. Step it up in the next wave with the sesame pork meatballs, yam noodles, and togarashi seared salmon. You'll need a beverage to back up menu musing, and Miho has a collection of sake inspired cocktails to do it, like "the tall girl" and "plum trouble." Traditional sake pours along with beer and wine round out the drink side of the menu. The hamachi kama collar and tataki of beef round out your meal with a surf-and-turf finale.
They don't do reservations for the main restaurant, but will reserve the tatami room for parties of six or more. Outdoor seating is great in good weather, but the place is small and loud on busy nights. The happy hour offers a sample of the main menu with even better deals and the drinks are nicely discounted. Best bet is to come early or show up late for easy seating and great service.